Chucklevision, Dandy and Boogie Beebies at Book Bash

By on 27/05/2011 in Culture, News

This year's Young Readers' festival sees the welcome return of the free two-day Book Bash to Aston Hall for bank holiday Sunday and Monday with Chucklevision writer Ian Billings, authors of the Dandy, the Etherington Brothers, and CBeebies' Nat.

From 11am until 4.30pm seven marquees will be filled with around 100 performances activities for children and their families.  Meet Nat from CBeebies and learn some of the Boogie Beebies dances, climb aboard the Bhangra train with Sohan Kailey and be inspired by author and illustrator Paul Geraghty.

Book Bash favourites Wizard of Wonder Barrington Powell and Potty Poet Chris White will entertain the whole family whilst little ones get a chance to meet Kipper, Maisy Mouse and Spot.

There are also writing workshops in Aston Hall with Crystal Quest writer David Johnson, Young Poet Laureate Jordan Westcarr and Birmingham's Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “Throughout the year, Birmingham's libraries promote reading and literacy to our diverse city's children and young people.  Once again the Young Readers festival provides an exciting programme of free and low cost events to get everyone inspired and involved.”

These are just a selection of the hundreds of events taking part at libraries across the city during the Young Readers festival, which takes place from 21 May to 4 June.  For more information pick up a copy of the Young Readers programme from any Birmingham library, or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/youngreaders

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Media contact: Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 07766 923 352   debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

Most authors and writers will be available for interview at Book Bash between their sessions, but please leave time for them to chat to their audiences and sign books.

Details of some of the sessions

Sunday 29 May

Etherington Brothers, authors of the weekly Dandy comic strip will be sharing their secrets with inspirational tips for children (and adults) of all ages.
Marquee 1, 11 - 11.45am, 1 - 1.45pm and 3 - 3.45pm.

Nat from CBeebies will be teaching some of the dances from the BAFTA award-winning Boogie Beebies.
Marquee 6, 12.30 - 1pm and 2.15 - 2.45pm

Kjartan Poskitt, author of the acclaimed Murderous Maths series
Marquee 1, 12noon - 12.45pm and 2 - 2.45pm

Chris White - the best of the potty poet's crazy cartoon characters, plus plenty of silly drawings and songs.
Marquee 7, 12 noon - 12.45pm and 2 - 2.45pm

Local writer Helen Calcutt is a young published poet who helps run Birmingham Writing Squads for young people.
AV Room, Aston Hall, 12.30 - 1.15pm and 2.30 - 3.15pm

Monday 30 May

Mark Robson, author of the Darkweaver Legacy and The Devil's Triangle.
Marquee 1, 11 - 11.45am, 1 - 1.45pm and 3 - 3.45pm

Nat from CBeebies will be teaching some of the dances from the BAFTA award-winning Boogie Beebies.
Marquee 6, 12.30 - 1pm and 2.15 - 2.45pm

Chucklevision scriptwriter and stand-up comedian Ian Billings
Marquee 7, 12 noon - 12.45pm and 2 - 2.45pm

Local writer Helen Calcutt is a young published poet who helps run Birmingham Writing Squads for young people.
AV Room, Aston Hall, 12.30 - 1.15pm and 2.30 - 3.15pm

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